Tutorials

QuickStart
QuickStart! - MyPaint

MyPaint is a Free Open Source Software application designed to be used with a pressure sensitive graphics tablet to create imagery from scratch. MyPaint is capable of creating everything from quick pencil sketches to complex multi-layered full digital paintings. MyPaint boasts a simplified user interface that let's you focus on creating and not digging through menus. This QuickStart provides you with a tour and instruction on getting started creating your visions with MyPaint. James Street, IT and Creative Professional, shows you how to jump right into MyPaint, explains the streamlined interface, and demonstrates how to customize MyPaint to make the creative process more fluid.

* VTC QuickStart! and MasterClass! courses are available only to registered VTC Online University members.

Adobe
Adobe After Effects CS5

After Effects CS5 is the latest version of an industry standard special effects application. With new features and tools like the Roto-Brush, Auto-Keyframe Mode, additional Adjustment Layers and more, you will be more productive and creative than ever before. Color correct, animate with the Puppet Tool, turn video into moving cartoons with the Cartoon Effect and more. From motion graphics to television and film visual effects, After Effects can handle it all with style. Professional illustrator, television animation art director and writer Dwayne Ferguson shows you how to get the most out of this powerful software. Learn the interface, cameras and lighting, animation and more. Work files are included. To get started today, simply click on one of the After Effects CS5 movies.

Maxwell
Maxwell Render 2

Maxwell Render is the unbiased render engine of choice for discerning 3D professionals. With its well-earned reputation for top quality and physical accuracy it is used extensively in the arch-viz, jewelry, advertising, product design, special effects, and animation industries. This course is designed to get you up and running with Maxwell Render quickly and effectively. It is taught in a practical and easy-to-follow manner by successful artist Jason Maranto so that even beginners will be able to successfully utilize the realism and beauty of Maxwell Render. Jason puts a particular emphasis on understanding the powerful material creation capabilities of Maxwell and he packs the course with examples, work files, and over 2000 free materials. This really is the training series that Maxwell users have been waiting for. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Adobe
Adobe InDesign CS5: Advanced

InDesign is the leading professional page layout program created by Adobe Systems Inc. Using it, graphic designers can integrate photographs and graphics with text to create both long and short publications such as brochures, catalogs, magazines and more. InDesign CS5: Advanced follows on from VTC's InDesign CS5: Beginner course and covers: Customization, Layers, Advanced, Graphics & Text features including Tables and Styles, Working with Long Documents, implementing Interactive Features and Preparing for Press. Work Files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Microsoft
Microsoft PowerPoint 2010

This VTC course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to use Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 for creating and making presentations. The course moves from a study of the PowerPoint interface through creating presentations, and where possible, reusing content already created. Participants will learn how to add smart art objects, images, drawings and charts to slides as well as importing an editing audio and video content.

The course author, Helen Bradley, teaches Microsoft PowerPoint from a business perspective, introducing tools that can be used to ensure that PowerPoint presentations are consistently formatted and so that, when changes are made, the changes flow seamlessly through the presentation. Topics included within the course: formatting data in tables, using the photo album tool, working with multimedia objects and properly preparing your slide show for presentation. Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

QuickStart!
QuickStart! - .NET Regular Expressions

Regular expressions provide a powerful, flexible, and efficient method for processing text. The extensive pattern-matching notation of regular expressions enables you to quickly parse large amounts of text to find specific character patterns; to validate text to ensure that it matches a predefined pattern (such as an e-mail address); to extract, edit, replace, or delete text substrings; and to add the extracted strings to a collection in order to generate a report. For many applications that deal with strings or that parse large blocks of text, regular expressions are an indispensable tool.

In this QuickStart! on Microsoft's .NET Regular Expressions implementation, Mark Long introduces you to the concept and basic usage of Regular Expressions in Microsoft's .NET development environment. Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

* VTC QuickStart! and MasterClass! courses are available only to registered VTC Online University members.

MasterClass!
MasterClass! - Microsoft Visual Studio Class Designer

Software design is a difficult and complex task. The Visual Studio Class Designer is a fully-functional, visual design environment for the Common Language Runtime. It lets you visualize the structure of classes and other types and through these visual representations edit their source code. Changes made to the class diagram are immediately reflected in code and changes made to the code immediately affect the appearance of the designer.

In this MasterClass! Microsoft Certified Trainer Mark Long shows you how to use the Class Designer as well as how to make it even better! Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Regular expressions provide a powerful, flexible, and efficient method for processing text. The extensive pattern-matching notation of regular expressions enables you to quickly parse large amounts of text to find specific character patterns; to validate text to ensure that it matches a predefined pattern (such as an e-mail address); to extract, edit, replace, or delete text substrings; and to add the extracted strings to a collection in order to generate a report. For many applications that deal with strings or that parse large blocks of text, regular expressions are an indispensable tool.To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Adobe
Adobe Encore CS5

Adobe Encore CS5 is the sister program that combines with the professional, real-time, digital linear, timeline based video editing software Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to author finished projects to DVD or Blu-ray disc, or to Flash based websites. Its simplicity of use belies its powerful feature set that allows not only the creation of completed movies but also slideshow presentations. In this VTC project based course, you will not only learn essential theory behind DVD and Blu-ray disc creation, such as transcoding and bitrate budgeting, but you will also see a practical element in that you will learn how to create a project from inception to finished output. Additionally, related Encore CS5 programs such as Adobe Soundbooth and Adobe Photoshop techniques are employed so that you can adapt your project to your specific requirements. Work Files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Adobe
Adobe Flash Professional CS5

Adobe Flash, the de facto web animation package, is a must-have in the arsenal of every web and mobile designer. In this course, you'll discover the ins and outs of creating and managing Flash movies and interactive content. Come along for the ride as we delve into working with Flash's interface, tools, and objects. Learn how to manage shapes, build symbols, and manage instances. Then, follow along with the huge array of animation techniques, including tweened sequences, applying easing, and special effects. Finally, edit your animations and publish your work for the world to see, all in Adobe Flash CS5! Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Autodesk
Autodesk Maya 2011

This training series looks at the multiple tools within Maya 2011 and an example of how to use them. Maya is a vast program that covers a great amount of workflows from 3D modeling to full blown animation, but it's the tools that bind you and your imagination to the program. This training helps new artists who have never used Maya all the way up to the Maya pros. Also included are some workflows that take you through the steps necessary to create a fully textured model within the software. So sit back and enjoy the one program everyone that has ever played video games wanted to learn. To begin learning Maya 2012 today, simply click on the movie links.

Adobe
Adobe InDesign CS5: Beginner

InDesign is the leading professional page layout program created by Adobe Systems Inc. Using it, graphic designers can integrate photographs and graphics with text to create both long and short publications such as brochures, catalogs, magazines, etc. Adobe InDesign CS5: Beginner offers an introduction to the fundamentals of layout & design including page-set-up, working with text & graphics and building basic object, paragraph & text styles to get new users and users switching from other software packages up and running. Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

FileMaker
FileMaker Pro 11: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Bundle

FileMaker Pro is powerful enough to handle most database jobs yet easy enough to create simple solutions in minutes. This practical "how to" three-course series by FileMaker expert John Mark Osborne starts from absolute beginner level and concludes with detailed instruction on the most advanced FileMaker tips, tricks, and techniques. The course series uses a single invoicing example to demonstrate all the features in FileMaker Pro 7, 8, 8.5, 9, 10 and 11. Examples of the invoice file are provided at every stage of the creation process so the user can easily review one section without starting from the beginning. To view the movies which comprise this bundle, click on any of the three course links below.